If you are convicted of driving under the influence in Florida, you can face serious consequences that may include fines, jail time, community service and the revocation of your license. If you are convicted of a DUI a second, third or even fourth time, those consequences will only be compounded. With each successive conviction, the penalties will be more severe.
Working with an experienced Florida DUI attorney is the best way to fight your multiple DUI charges. A qualified attorney can analyze your case and help you put together the strongest defense so potential penalties might be reduced.
The Tampa DUI attorney at the Law Office of Mark G. Rodriguez has been helping those facing multiple DUI charges in Tampa and throughout the Tampa Bay area for more than 30 years. We fight to help you preserve your driving privileges and minimize the fines or jail time you may receive.
Multiple DUI offenses are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law in Florida. Anyone caught driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher, or caught driving under the influence of a chemical or controlled substance, may be convicted of a DUI. Anyone under 21 with a BAC of 0.02 percent or higher can be convicted, as can any commercial driver with a BAC of 0.04 percent or higher.
On the first offense, those convicted of DUI can have their license suspended for 180 days to a year, be fined $500 to $1,000, be ordered to 50 or more hours of community service, serve up to six months in jail, and be on probation for up to a year.
Any DUI charge can also result in impoundment of the vehicle and the installation of an ignition interlock device on that or any future vehicles to ensure sobriety before driving.
A second DUI conviction can result in a license suspension of five years, fines of $1,000 to $2,000, jail time of up to nine months, and vehicle impoundment of 30 days.
A third offense can result in license suspension up to 10 years, fines of $2,000 to $5,000, and vehicle impoundment of 90 days. Jail time is mandatory at this stage, and it can be between 30 days and a year.
For any future offenses, the license is suspended for five years with no hardship license permitted, there is a minimum $2,000 fine, and jail time can be for up to five years.
These penalties can be even worse if you are convicted of DUI in an accident that results in someone’s death, as you could then be facing a felony conviction. You could pay thousands of dollars in fines and be sentenced to 30 years in jail.
The penalties you face may also depend on how much time has passed since your last DUI conviction. If you are charged with another DUI offense within five years, the penalties are more severe.
With so much at stake if you are convicted of multiple DUI offenses, you cannot take any chances on your legal representation. It is essential that you work with an experienced Florida DUI attorney to help create a strong case that will reduce the penalties you face.
As your DUI lawyer, we investigate every detail of your case to create the best defense possible. Our goal is to get the charges reduced or strike a plea deal to reduce the penalties. In some cases, we may try to appeal a previous DUI conviction to create a clean slate from which to argue your current case.
In all these scenarios, the goal is to help you avoid or reduce prison time, fines, community service or probation. Our Tampa DUI lawyer fights to help you preserve your driving privileges. If that is not possible, we help you apply for a hardship license so you have reliable transportation for work or school.
Call the Law Office of Mark G. Rodriguez today to start discussing your case with an experienced Tampa, Florida DUI attorney. Attorney Mark Rodriguez has been helping clients in Tampa for more than 30 years. Call us at (813) 227-9642 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.